They ain’t no goddamn son of a bitch.
Many said it would never happen. Their egos were too big. There wasn’t enough money in the world to make them do it. Years of lawsuits had taken too much of a toll. Doyle was busy lifting weights. There were so many reasons for an original Misfits reunion to never occur that it almost felt like a dream when Riot Fest announced that it was happening.
I had always told myself that if I ever won the lottery, I would throw a chunk of money at Jerry Only and Glenn Danzig to make them reunite. Sadly, I never hit the lottery (yet!), but the fine folks who put on this year’s Riot Fest must have dug through all of the couch cushions to scrape together enough quarters and old bubble gum to get The Misfits to finally reunite. With ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo providing the beats, Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle von Frankenstein came together in Denver, Colorado to play a live set for the first time in 33 years.
By all accounts, The Misfits reunion was a success. Danzig didn’t slug Jerry Only. Jerry Only didn’t bodyslam Danzig. Doyle didn’t start his P90X workout routine mid-set. Lombardo didn’t accidentally start to play something from Seasons in the Abyss. Michael Graves didn’t awkwardly wander out on stage in hopes that the band would bust out tunes from Famous Monsters. The band played an extensive set of hits which would make any fan of the band jump with joy. Just look at this setlist:
Clips of the set have begun to surface online. Seriously, look how many phones pop up before their set starts in the first video. While they vary in sound and picture quality (you’ve been warned), they all show a high-energy and incredibly entertaining performance.
The Misfits are set to play one more time at the Chicago Riot Fest. Rumors have been swirling online about what the band plans to do next? An extensive US headlining tour? European festivals in the summer? An arena tour with Metallica? A new album? Going to Jakarta because some rando asked on Facebook? Time will tell.